Laboratories are fast-paced settings. Things can change drastically in a short space of time, and people and equipment need to adapt to that change quickly. Glassware and equipment must be reliably cleaned. If instruments are not cleaned properly, they can become marked and therefore unusable.
Contaminants can ruin samplings, and experiments may display ghost peaks meaning the results are not reliable. There are many advantages to using automatic washer disinfectors in research laboratories. Handwashing isn’t reliable, and it takes a long time to complete correctly. Using an automated cleaning process frees up precious time, and staff can focus on their roles and not cleaning.
They also add extra safety to an already busy lab minimising the risk of glass breaking and people hurting themselves.
Can we use a residential dishwasher?
Admittedly, they are cheaper than a dedicated laboratory washer, but they are not designed to wash laboratory glassware equipment. It is highly likely they don’t have special features needed for laboratory work. If they are used outside a residential home, the warranty is void. Their interiors won’t withstand the laboratory chemicals, or the heavy use needed to keep laboratory glassware regularly cleaned. Equipment is likely not to fit as racks are designed for kitchen utensils and tableware. Plus, they wash at lower temperatures making them unsuitable washing options.
What should we consider when purchasing a laboratory washer?
- When investing in a dedicated laboratory glassware washer, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it versatile? Does it have interchangeable racks and baskets?
- Does it come with a spindle rack for pipettes and speciality bottles?
- Do you need specific performance measures to be met, such as a maximum water temperature?
- Will you benefit from an after-care service?
We can help find you the perfect laboratory glassware washer.
Dekomed can help you answer all these questions. Come and speak to us, and we will be able to advise on the type of product your lab requires.
Our most compact washer is the DEKO 25. It may be small, but it utilises the power of the 260 litres per minute circulation pump to provide outstanding cleaning results.
Again for smaller spaces, the DEKO 260 is the perfect laboratory glassware washer. It can hold a large number of items with interchangeable speciality racks and baskets perfect for test tubes, microscope slides and culture dishes. It is also sustainable. Its stainless-steel frame, panels and chamber are all fully recyclable.
The DEKO 2000 has larger dimensions, but still only requires W800mm x D710mm of floor space. Like all our laboratory glassware washers, it is built to withstand continuous washing and is durable and reliable. There is an option to select tailormade racks for large glass bottles, a half-circle tray for beakers and a pipette washing trolley if required.
Finally, the DEKO D32 has the most advanced electronic control system that allows users to set up an almost unlimited number of tailored programs. There are also pre-programmed cycles ready to go that meet standard requirements tested and approved by the manufacturer.
All our glassware washers are manufactured by Franke, who are world leaders in washer disinfector equipment. We understand that you need a reliable laboratory washer that keeps your instruments in perfect condition whilst ensuring there is no cross-contamination. Our full range of high-quality glassware washers means that by choosing Dekomed, you will find the ideal washer. We also provide an after-care service which means we have highly qualified engineers to service your machines to ensure they continue working hard for you for as long as possible.
For more information on any of our products, contact us, and we will be happy to help. Tel: +44 (0)161 483 7333